Wednesday, November 18, 2009
COUNTY COURT REPORT
We received the following email and picture:
(Update- take our Jeopardy lawyer quiz below)
At your request I have emailed you a picture of the offending message from the Prosecutors in County Court. In case the picture is not clear, it is handwriting on a Plea Sheet and says the following in Red Ink:
"All pleas will be enhanced on trial day. This includes jail enhancement. These pleas are open today only."
Will the FACDL considering filing a bar complaint against the State Attorneys Office and the individual State Attorneys who punish people for exercising their sixth amendment right to trial?
Will anybody stand up for the proposition that people accused of crimes are presumed innocent? Will anybody fight for the right to trial? Will we all stand by here while the Judges kowtow to the State and turn our courts into plea machines? GIGO (garbage in garbage out) and assembly line justice is not what we should be participating in. And yet, when people are punished for exercising their constitutional rights by so called "enhancements" it creates a chilling effect in our courthouse.
Thanks for the vine Rumpy.
PS. The County Court traffic guys head out to Vegas tonight for their "Miami Traffic Guyz 2009 Vegas Tour: Putting a hurt on the Casino." Wish them luck.
Rumpole says: Well said old chap. What say you brethren of the criminal defense bar?
Lawyer Jeopardy: (thanks to So Fla Lawyers for the answers )
Contestant One (Murray): "Alex, I'll take who wrote that for 200"
Alex Trebek: The answer is: ""I am driven to insure (sic) the integrity of our judiciary. I will accept nothing less than professionalism and integrity.''
Murray: "Who is Scott Rothstein?"
Murray: I'll take Who Wrote That for 400:
Trebek: "I've had over 150 jury trials. I have a unique insight into the Judiciary. I am a confidante (sic) of many members of the judiciary and am called on regularly for counsel."
Contestant Two (Harold) : "Umm...who is Scott Rothstein?"
Stay tuned for Final Jeopardy after the break. Our category is....What is the Guideline Range?